Mike Gapes: Venezuela should be one of the richest democratic countries in South America and the world. It has the largest proven oil reserves of any country, with 297 million barrels—more, even, than Saudi Arabia. It also has an educated population and large areas of arable land, yet today there is mass poverty and the economy has collapsed under the rule of the United Socialist party. The daughter of...
Mike Gapes: Will the right hon. Lady give way?
Mike Gapes: Further to the earlier question about Venezuela, will the Government make an early statement to clarify their position on the interim President Juan Guaidó? Given that the Organisation of American States, Canada, the United States, a large number of Latin American countries and now some European countries are beginning to recognise him as president, may we have an urgent clarification of the...
Mike Gapes: What is the Minister’s definition of the term, “majority”, which he has used several times? Does he mean 21 out of 40 or 39 out of 40?
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many specialist trade negotiators have been appointed by his Department in each month since July 2016.
Mike Gapes: There is considerable interest in this debate. I hope that hon. Members will confine their remarks to approximately five minutes, so that everybody can speak. I intend to call the Front-Bench spokespeople at 3.30 pm, to allow them the 10 minutes each that they are allotted. I call Emma Hardy.
Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister referred to the “subversion of our democracy”. In our parliamentary democracy, no Parliament can bind its successor. It was not this Parliament that agreed to hold a referendum or to prematurely trigger article 50, but the previous Parliament. If she is talking about subversion of democracy, was her calling of the general election that she lost in 2017 a subversion of...
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the amount of capital funding which will be allocated to each NHS trust in London in each year between 2019 and 2022.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the time frame is for the Elizabeth Line to be fully operational.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of Crossrail.
Mike Gapes: In the words of Ian Dury, “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 2”. I gave the first part of this speech on 6 December, at column 1171. The additional five minutes I have today is its continuation —hon. Members will judge whether it is “What a Waste” or not. I do not want to focus on foreign affairs, but I begin by pointing out, in response to the Government’s “global Britain” slogan...
Mike Gapes: As somebody who was involved in negotiating the Good Friday agreement, I regard the backstop as an essential guarantee of that agreement and of long-term stability in Ireland. Although I disagree with the Government’s position for the reasons that my hon. Friend is setting out, the backstop is not the problem. The problem is with the future framework and other things.
Mike Gapes: My right hon. Friend says that we are committed to honouring the referendum vote. Does she mean that we will support Brexit even if it damages the very communities that we as Labour Members of Parliament represent?
Mike Gapes: rose—
Mike Gapes: I am grateful to the Secretary of State. Will he take this opportunity to condemn the leaflet put out by Vote Leave during the campaign, saying that 75 million Turks would be coming into our country over the next few years?
Mike Gapes: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I heard the Secretary of State speaking on the radio this morning about these issues. Is it not discourteous that she spoke on the radio before coming to this House to announce a change of Government policy?
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to improve Ofsted's inspection regime for small private schools to combat extremism and radicalisation.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding his Department has allocated to each NHS trust in London in each year since 2010.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding has been approved by his Department for Barking, Havering and Redbridge Universities NHS Trust in each year since 2010.